Well, this should come as no surprise to veteran viewers of the continuing Apple versus Adobe slap-fight, but Apple has omitted the latest version of Flash in their 10.6.4 Snow Leopard update.
According to Macnn, Tuesday's 10.6.4 update included Flash Player 10.0.45.2--a version of Flash Player that has been available since February. Version 10.1 of Flash Player was made available last week and boasts a number of security fixes and interface tweaks.
God bless those enterprising developers! Just because Steve Jobs and the rest of the Apple gang have thumbed down Adobe Flash on their iDevices, doesn’t mean that other folks aren’t working hard trying to find a way to do it. One of the latest is a service called Flash in a Pinch -- but don’t get too excited just yet, it’s only a proof of concept for now.
Let’s face reality: Adobe could have slapped a CS5 label on an untouched version of Illustrator CS4, and all the digital artists of the world would still be using Illustrator as their go-to app for vector art. It’s not like there’s any serious competition in the arcane world of control points and bezier curves. As such, when a new Creative Suite version is released, the question isn’t “Should I buy Illustrator or the package from those other guys?” but rather “Does this latest CS version include enough new magic to warrant an upgrade?”
It’s summer, so that must mean heat, humidity--and, in 2010--time for a new update to the Adobe suite of apps, including the flagship of the fleet, Photoshop. The CS5 iteration is a significant step forward, for reasons big and small, and overall, it’s one of the strongest upgrades in the 20 years that Photoshop has graced hard drives around the world.
Last summer marked the 10th anniversary of InDesign, Adobe’s page-layout tool. While early versions of the program generated a buzz and built a solid user base, the pace of innovation slowed over the years, and some of the more recent updates have been less than sensational. Fortunately, that’s not the case with InDesign CS5, which has several cool new features for print publishers, some significant interface improvements, and an expanded set of tools for creating media-rich online publications.
There was a time when Premiere was the editing application on the Mac. Then Final Cut Pro and iMovie appeared. That prompted Avid to create consumer and prosumer versions of its expensive pro products, and Premiere quietly disappeared from the Mac landscape. But Adobe brought its video editor back a few versions ago, and this latest version is ready to do battle with Final Cut Pro--but it’s also charging too hard into the prosumer market.
Robbie is out and Flo is hosting this week's show, along with Susie and Ray. Join the editors as they discuss the evil threats of Spyware looming over Macs everywhere, as well as Google's turn away from Windows machines and Adobe's new Digital Publishing Platform and what it could do for publishing on the iPad.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Twitter and Facebook questions!
Adobe has announced that it is launching a new Digital Publishing Platform that will combine the mechanics and user interface of InDesign CS5 with other tools that will aid publishers in making their print content iPad friendly.